The successful candidate will have a proven track record of outstanding teaching and offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for our students. The successful candidate must be able to contribute to the department’s aim of providing the highest standards of student achievement in Key Stage three, four and Sixth Form. The ability to teach a second Science to GCSE would be desirable.
The Trustees are seeking candidates who are passionate about teaching and promote independent learning both within and outside the classroom.
The successful candidate will:
- Teach any Science in Key Stage 3 (KS3 is taught in two years);
- Be able to teach across Key Stages 4 & 5 in Biology;
- Have a willingness to extend and develop their subject knowledge;
- Have a collaborative approach to teaching with the ability to deliver the subject through a variety of innovative ways;
- Have working knowledge of Health & Safety;
- Have a passion for different areas of the Biology curriculum and the ability to share this with young people;
- Be able to develop the use of technology within the subject;
- Be willing to offer extra support through clubs, visits and enrichment classes
Our ethos is to ‘recruit for attitude, train for skill’! Pioneer Educational Trust seeks to invest intelligently, inspire collaboration and pioneer so that all learners in our family of schools have equal access to an outstanding education. Our mission is grounded on four core values which our schools embrace:
- we pioneer: by preparing the way for others to follow, we transcend barriers through aspiration, merit and risk. Pioneer engenders determination, commitment and responsibility to better society through education and learning, never accepting mediocrity
- we inspire collaboration: we believe in working in partnership. In a culture of high trust and intelligent risk-taking, collaboration exists at all levels and between all stakeholders
- we invest intelligently: by providing high-quality professional development for all staff and a positive and enriching work environment. We provide high support and challenge that enables all colleagues to flourish
- we drive equality: providing equal access to an outstanding education is central to the aims of the Trust. The Trust champions the vulnerable and disadvantaged, breaking down barriers to learning.
Furthermore, Upton Court Grammar School seeks to:
- become a world-class school, seen as a centre of excellence and creativity in learning and teaching;
- equip students with the ability to articulate their ideas with confidence in an increasingly competitive international work environment.
The most recent OFSTED inspection graded the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. The school has a national reputation for excellence and achievement and is consistently ranked in the top 1% of schools in the country for student progress. The Progress 8 three-year average is well above average at +0.95 (2017/2018/2019). Previously, the school was recognised as being a top school nationally and in March 2015 we won the SSAT Educational Outcome Award for exceptional progress.
As part of the School Direct Teacher Training programme, Upton Court Grammar School is also the lead school for teacher training in Slough. Working alongside Reading University and the Institute of Education, teacher training is offered in the Slough area. As a Teaching School since September 2013 we provide a first class CPD programme which supports the professional development of teachers at all stages in their careers including teachers new to the profession and leadership development. In line with the values to invest and collaborate, Pioneer Educational Trust provides additional time for professional development and collaborative working in the form of CPDL Wednesdays. On these days, the pupils finish their school day one hour earlier to facilitate two hours of back-to-back learning and team work for all staff, teaching and non-teaching. During this time, colleagues have time to produce collaborative planning, moderate, share best practice as well as receive formalised programmes of CPDL.
The school is changing rapidly, in many ways. This will doubtless continue as the needs of society and our context change too. It is never dull, often challenging, demanding in the best possible way - an exciting and extraordinarily worth-while and fulfilling place to be.